Real Madrid vs APOEL: Easy start for hat-trick seeking Whites
Odds: Real Madrid 3/100, Draw 13/1, APOEL 40/1
Kick Off: 1945, 13/09/2017
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
TV: BT Sport
Huge odds are on offer for APOEL to upset Real Madrid in the Champions League but most punters will instead be trying to predict the correct score in favour of the Spanish giants.
The hosts are bidding to become the first team in over 40 years to claim a hat-trick of European Cup triumphs, a feat achieved by Ajax and Bayern Munich back in the 1970s.
This looks little more than a stepping stone for Zinedine Zidane’s side and we’re going with 23/4 for a 4-0 rout in our Real Madrid vs APOEL betting predictions.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real Madrid made it three triumphs in four years when crushing Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff, lifting this trophy for a record 12th time.
They have never failed to make it through the group stage in 21 attempts, although Borussia Dortmund did stop them from topping their pool for the fourth straight time last term.
October 2009 was the last time Real lost a group game at home, with 20 wins and two draws coming since that defeat to AC Milan.
Big wins at the Bernabeu in the last couple of campaigns have included a 4-0 triumph over Shakhtar Donetsk, a 5-1 romp against Legia Warsaw and an 8-0 thrashing of Malmo.
Cristiano Ronaldo top-scored in this tournament last season with 12 goals and will be raring to go after being banned for the club’s first five LaLiga games.
It all adds up to a long night for the visitors and a saver on 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 at 2/1 is included in our Real Madrid vs APOEL betting tips.
A Look At APOEL’s Betting Odds
Cypriot champions APOEL only picked up one point when last competing at this level in 2014, with a couple of 4-0 losses to Barcelona at home and Ajax away the worst of their results.
However, they did only go down 1-0 at Camp Nou and against PSG in France, so there is some history of putting up a fight under pressure.
APOEL did also famously make it all the way through to the 2014 quarter-finals, before losing 3-0 and 5-2 to Real, with Karim Benzema bagging a brace in the first leg and Ronaldo hitting a double in Spain.
More recently, they beat Athletic Bilbao in the knockout stages of the Europa League last season, before going out to Anderlecht, and only conceded one goal in three qualifying rounds to get this far this term.
That could make 21/20 for no goals to be scored between 30:01 minutes and half-time a value pick from the Real Madrid vs APOEL odds.
With Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund also present in Group H, though, we can’t see the visitors being in Europe after Christmas this time.
Head-to-head: Real Madrid 5-2 APOEL, APOEL 0-3 Real Madrid
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